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UND Hockey: Rhett Gardner Playing Disciplined Hockey

On Friday night, the University of North Dakota hockey team beat the University of Wisconsin, 5-0. UND was led by senior forward Rhett Gardner. The rugged forward scored his first three goals of the season, propelling the Fighting Hawks past the Badgers. Let’s take a look at Gardner’s evening.

Here’s goal number one. Garnder blasts the puck past Wisconson goalie Jack Berry. The Wisconsin defense doesn’t challenge Gardner in the slot and the rugged forward cashes in. 1-0 UND.

Rhett Gardner gets @UNDmhockey on the board just three and a half minutes in for his first goal of the season!#UNDproud @TheNCHC pic.twitter.com/zyorRHlRyc
— UND Insider (@undinsider) November 3, 2018

Here’s goal number two, good things happen when you go hard to the net. Gardner uses his big body to get to the front of the net and deposits a pass from Colton Poolman to expand UND’s lead to 3-0. How about Poolman, the junior defenseman has three goals and four points in the last two games.

Rhett Gardner scores his SECOND goal of the game just half a minute into the 2nd to put @UNDmhockey up 3-0 against Wisconsin.#UNDproud @TheNCHC pic.twitter.com/2owfTuoVix
— UND Insider (@undinsider) November 3, 2018

Finally, Garnder buries goal number three to finish the hat trick. Another shot, unmolested, from the top of the slot to give UND a 5-0 lead.

Rhett Gardner makes its THREE goals on the night as @UNDmhockey extends its lead to 5-0 over Wisconsin in the 3rd!#UNDproud @TheNCHC pic.twitter.com/5XuhR1nIf2
— UND Insider (@undinsider) November 3, 2018

Last Season’s Ending Driving Early Success
Last season, missing the NCAA playoffs didn’t sit well with the UND hockey team. Gardner and his teammates have used that experience to help them improve this season.
During the season-opening hockey media day, I asked Gardner about that experience. What did they learn?
“I think obviously being hungry this season is easy to do for everyone because no one likes the way we felt last year,” Gardner said. “I think the big thing we have to do is learn from last year.
“(Last season) there were a lot of games we had leads that turned into ties and losses. When you only play two games a year, those (losses) come back to haunt you at the end of the year. We need to learn from those experiences. I thought last year, at times, we struggled with managing games and managing pucks late in games. Moving forward, the biggest thing is to learn from those mistakes.”
After Friday’s game, head coach Brad Berry had nothing but nice things to say about Gardner.
“He’s one of our captains,” Berry said. “He came in his freshman year and was a big impact in our national championship year. Over the course of four years, he’s the lifeblood of our program here in the fact that he plays in all situations. One thing about Rhett Gardner, I said to the guys after, in the locker room, composure and discipline is going to be a big thing in our game. When Rhett Gardner is playing composed, disciplined and hard, good things are going to happen.”
Speaking of playing with composure.
Over the years, Garnder has been known to take his fair share of penalties. Gardner has 184 PIM in 118 NCAA hockey games. During the season-opening exhibition game against Manitoba, he took four minor penalties.
“I had a couple of bad breaks on stick penalties and I got tied up with a guy in front of their bench,” Gardner said. “Hopefully, those are out of the way for the rest of the season, no more.”
In game one against Minnesota State, Gardner was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for checking from behind. That mistake cost UND. Since that game, Since being kicked out of the Mankato game, Garnder has played disciplined hockey. Garnder hasn’t seen the inside of the penalty box. Not once.

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UND Hockey: A Weekend to Forget

Category : NCAA , North Dakota , UND Hockey

The 2018-19 college hockey season is finally here. This past weekend, the University of North Dakota hockey team played a home-and-home series with the Bemidji State Beavers. Entering the series, UND had gone 5-0-2 in their last seven games against the Beavers.

Make that 5-1-3 after this past weekend.
Entering the season, one of the question marks facing the Hawks was who’s going to be the go-to guy. Who’s going to score goals? Who’s going to be the finisher? After one weekend of play, those questions remain.

First, let’s not lose sight of the big picture, it’s early in the season. Second, I don’t think the Hawks played all that bad. That being said, silver linings and moral victories aren’t acceptable with a program like North Dakota.
Let’s give credit where credit is due. If you go back and watch the video, you see that the Beavers bought into their systems. All weekend long, UND was unable to get any flow going. The Beavers forecheck was tenacious and relentless. There was little room to roam all weekend long. For the most part, I thought both games were extremely boring. It’s God awful hockey to watch. When UND was able to get a shot on the Beavers net, their goaltenders stood tall. That’s hockey.
Unimpressive Start Statistically
Through two games, UND is 0-8 on the man advantage and has scored a total of two even-strength goals on 56 shots. For those that are interested in the math, that’s a .035 shooting percentage. You’re not going to win a lot of hockey games with that shooting percentage.
Moving forward, if the UND doesn’t get primary and secondary scoring, it’s going to be a long season. Compare and contrast. Last year, UND scored 2.9 goals a game. Present tense, after three games counting the exhibition game, UND has scored a grand total of four goals in three games. That equates to 1.33 goals per game.
Player Unhappy with Weekend Results
Saturday’s 1-1 tie felt like a loss. The end results didn’t sit well with the Hawks players.
Senior forward Nick Jones was extremely disappointed with the Hawks power play and he didn’t mince words.
“The last few times I’ve come in here I’ve been pretty optimistic about it,” Jones said. “Tonight, there was nothing to be optimistic about. Couldn’t get set up. It was dreadful, to be honest with you. We let our team down, as a power-play unit.”
Jones continued, “As a whole, taking in both games, unacceptable,” he said. “Disappointing. Can’t have that. Come out and get a loss and a tie. Embarrassing is the only word I got.”
“Not enough,” Mismash said. “We need more from the whole team in general, just bearing down on our chances.”
Not enough, unacceptable, disappointed. I think many in the UND fanbase will agree with that assessment.
UND head coach Brad Berry’s sentiments echoed his team’s post-game comments.
“We got one point out of the weekend here with one tie,” Berry said. “That’s not our expectations going into the weekend. Obviously, we found out more information tonight. I thought Adam Scheel had an outstanding game in goal. We have to work on different things.
“I thought we started very well, but then momentum took over on the other bench because of turnovers and a few different things,” Berry said. “I thought we got unnerved a little bit, our focus. It’s a tough thing to get back. It’s a tough game to play. There’s not a lot of ice out there.”

One of the bright spots in Saturday’s game was the goal by sophomore forward Grant Mismash. I asked him if the team was gripping the sticks too hard. Here’s his response.
“I don’t know if it’s that,” Mismash said. “I don’t really think there’s an explanation for it. It’s just how it’s going right now. Every team will go through that. It’s not going to be perfect all year.”

Just 2:31 into the first period, @UNDmhockey gets the first goal of the game thanks to Grant Mishmash!#UNDproud @TheNCHC pic.twitter.com/fqkowSX1iV
— UND Insider (@undinsider) October 14, 2018

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UND Hockey: 2018-19 TV Schedule Released

Good Day, finally, it’s game day. Tonight, the Eight-Time NCAA Champion kicks off the 2018-19 season with an exhibition game against the Manitoba Bisons.
On Friday, the University of North Dakota released it’s hockey broadcast schedule. Most of UND games will be available on NCHC.TV. For those that don’t like to use gadgets,  and have the Sportspack on DirecTV, 11 games will be on National TV. Also, the same channels are on Dish Network, too.
Date Opponent Network
Oct. 6 Manitoba (exh.) MidcoSN (NCHC.tv)
Oct. 12 at Bemidji State Stream only (FloHockey.tv)
Oct. 13 Bemidji State MidcoSN (NCHC.tv)
Oct. 19 Minnesota State MidcoSN (NCHC.tv)
Oct. 20 Minnesota State MidcoSN (NCHC.tv)
Oct. 27 vs. Minnesota MidcoSN (NCHC.tv)(Comcast 999 Mpls Metro)
Nov. 2 Wisconsin MidcoSN (NCHC.tv)
Nov. 3 Wisconsin MidcoSN (NCHC.tv)
Nov. 9 at Miami Stream only (NCHC.tv)
Nov. 10 at Miami Stream only (NCHC.tv)
Nov. 16 Western Michigan MidcoSN (NCHC.tv)
Nov. 17 Western Michigan MidcoSN (NCHC.tv)
Nov. 23 Alaska Anchorage MidcoSN (NCHC.tv)
Nov. 24 Alaska Anchorage MidcoSN (NCHC.tv)
Nov. 30 at Minnesota Duluth MidcoSN, (NCHC.tv) (FSN+ DirecTV 664)
Dec. 1 at Minnesota Duluth MidcoSN, My 9 TV
Dec. 7 Denver MidcoSN (NCHC.tv)
Dec. 8 Denver MidcoSN, (NCHC.tv) (FCS DirecTV 608)
Dec. 29 U.S. U18 Team (exh.) MidcoSN (NCHC.tv)
Jan. 4 at Canisius Stream only (AtlanticHockey.tv)
Jan. 5 at Canisius Stream only (AtlanticHockey.tv)
Jan. 11 Colorado College MidcoSN (NCHC.tv)
Jan. 12 Colorado College MidcoSN, (NCHC.tv)(FCS DirecTV 608)
Jan. 18 at Omaha MidcoSN (NCHC.tv)
Jan. 19 at Omaha MidcoSN (NCHC.tv)
Jan. 25 St. Cloud State (CBSSN 221 DirecTV)
Jan. 26 St. Cloud State MidcoSN,  (NCHC.tv)( FCSDirecTV 608)
Feb. 1 at Denver – (Altitude 2 681 DirecTV)
Feb. 2 at Denver Stream only (NCHC.tv)
Feb. 15 at Western Michigan (CBSSN 221 DirecTV)
Feb. 16 at Western Michigan Stream only (NCHC.tv)
Feb. 22 Minnesota Duluth – (CBSSN 221 DirecTV)
Feb. 23 Minnesota Duluth MidcoSN, (NCHC.tv) (FCS DirecTV 608)
March 1 at Colorado College  (CBSSN 221 DirecTV)
March 2 at Colorado College Stream only (NCHC.tv)
March 8 Omaha MidcoSN (NCHC.tv)
March 9 Omaha MidcoSN2, (NCHC.tv) (FCS DirecTV 608)

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